GREFC Monthly Newsletter
June 2019
Together in Christ, Making Him Known

What People Want From A Church—Part 2

In last month's newsletter I talked about how people tend to want a "Nice Christian Church." People want to come to church and have a level of security that their needs are being met. They want acceptable music, a decent sermon and relationships where they can meet some people to meet their people needs. The challenge is this kind of church often defaults to "being comfortable." But what if desire for personal comfort doesn’t line up with what God wants?

Every church must wrestle with what does God want for each a local church? It is a complex question. Jesus didn’t focus his early ministry talking about the coming “church” and what it is to be all about. Rather he focused on helping his disciples understand who he was and how they fit into the “Kingdom of God.” 
Jesus was the first person to speak the word “church,” yet he outlined His ministry in terms of God’s Kingdom breaking into this world and not into a church building. Look at how Jesus began His ministry: Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15 ESV
Jesus framed His ministry in terms of the Kingdom of God, not the church. And yet the church is the Bride of Jesus and we are to love her deeply because Christ loves the church (His Bride). So why is this kingdom issue important to remember as a body of believers? Because if a church does not continue to align itself to what God truly wants, the default is a “comfortable church” that risks forgetting about the church’s mission within the Kingdom of God. 
You see, to be aligned with the heart of Christ, we are called to be a church that is equipping people to always be thinking beyond the walls of a church. Alignment means becoming kingdom people who are becoming disciplers of anyone who God puts in our path, either at church or work or play or (fill in the blank). Let me try to explain it farther this way:

  • Church-focused people: Have narrow ministry vision and can’t see past church categories for ministry (i.e., usher, greeters, children’s worker, adult workers, etc.) vs. Kingdom-focused people: Have a Kingdom-vision to think/dream/act outside the walls of a church. They desire a vision for their neighborhood, workplace and community which can include the fatherless, people with addictions and hurting marriages.
  • Church-focused people: Understand discipleship as primarily about moving one’s self and family toward a closer relationship with God, and therefore place the strong emphasis on spiritual maturity. vs. Kingdom-focused people: Understand discipleship as the call for self and for our families to lose our lives for Christ’s sake, to build a spiritual identity in Christ that propels us to participate in His kingdom mission and… and are actively looking to walk with others, helping them understand the love and greatness of the King of Kings both within and outside of the church.

The bottom line – alignment with God gives us a vision for people beyond our family and even our church family!

More next time!
~Pastor Ken

Revive Minnesota will be in Grand Rapids working with local churches the week of June 16-23. There are several opportunities to be involved in the evangelism training that they are providing. 

GREFC is planning to be a part by serving lunch to the trainers and people coming to learn. We are looking for people to help prepare and serve a simple lunch on Wednesday, June 19. If you think you are able to help please let us know.

And mark you calendars for a free concert at Grace Bible Chapel on Friday, June 21 at 7:00 pm featuring the hit Christian band "I Am They."

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May Highlights

May brought us the end of Kidz ROC, Family Meal, Immerse, and Infuse. It also saw the graduation of our first year of preschoolers. And we rounded out May with a ministry appreciation dinner for all who have regularly served in a ministry this past year.

Student Ministries Summer Celebration


Preschool Graduation


Ministry appreciation


Be Part of Something Great!

We're inviting people to serve as a ministry leader for our Connecting & Hospitality team. This can be an individual or a co-chair position.

Coordinate food prep and serving teams for in-church events such as the All-Church Picnic and Thanksgiving Eve Service. If you like being behind the scenes, enjoy working in the kitchen, can plan and cook for large groups, and only have to work 3-5 times per year, then this position is for you!

Interested? Talk to Pastor Ken or drop the church office an email.
Kidz & Students This Summer

Summer pathfinders begins on Sunday, June 2 for students age 3 through completion of First Grade during both services on Sunday mornings. 

Student ministry group begins on Thursday, June 6. They'll meet twice a month from 6-7:30 pm at Steve & Faith Wick's home.

Summer student small groups begin on Wednesday, June 12, and will be held every other Wednesday from 6-7:30 pm in the Barn and Youth Rooms. 

Boys/Girls Day is on Saturday, June 29 from 10 am to 2 pm for children ages 4-10. Boys will be "on safari" and the girls will "go camping." This is a great event to invite your friends to! Please register your kids for this event.

June Events @ GREFC

Men's Softball: Every Monday starting June 3
Facility Care Team: Tues., June 4
Young Adult Ultimate Frisbee: Every Tuesday
Student Ministry Group: Every other Thursday, starting June 6
Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Group: Every Friday
Young Adult Swingin' Dance Party: Friday, June 7
Student Summer Small Groups: Every other Thursday, Starting June 12
Discover GREFC: Wednesday, June 12
Women's Summer Bonfire: Wednesday, June 12
Women's Daytime Bible Study: Thursdays, starting June 13
The Gathering: Friday, June 14
Student Ministry Capture The Summer: Saturday, June 15
After IF: Vivian Mabuni: Monday, June 17
Revive MN Lunch & Training: Wednesday, June 19
Discover Membership: Wednesday, June 19
New Faces Lunch: Sunday, June 23
Young Adult Canoe Trip: Saturday, June 29
Boy's Day/Girl's Day: Saturday, June 29
Worship in the Pines: Saturday, June 29

Details on all the June events are on our Online Calendar
Register Now for any event/class.

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